Spring Half Term in KPND Y5/6
Welcome to our class
The class teachers are Mr Patel and Mrs Dale, and we also have Mrs Tuck and Mr Dadi to support the children. We have 28 pupils in the class, who are all showing enthusiasm for learning.
Here are some important days for children in KPNDY5/6:
PE is on Monday. It is advised that children bring their PE kits on Monday and then take their kits home to be washed for the following week’s PE lessons.
Homework will be sent home on a Friday. The homework will build on the work we have done in class during that week. Children must remember to complete it for the Monday that follows. Spellings will be sent home along with the homework and the test will be the following Friday.
Friday morning at 9.15am, we hold our celebration assembly where the whole school celebrates achievement. Please feel free to come along any Friday morning!
It is extremely important that children remember to read every night and bring their reading books/records back into school the next morning. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing!
Literacy- In reading children will spend lots of time analysing different fiction and non-fiction texts to look at the meaning, language structure and organisation them. We will be focussing on retrieval questions and using evidence from the text to build our inference skills.
In writing we will continue to develop our writing skills and will use the skills learned from reading and SPAG to be able to write in detail and at length. The author we are focusing on is Shakespeare and we will be reading some of his work with the focus being on Macbeth!
Maths- The main focus this half term will be Fractions and problem solving (This also means practicing times tables as an ongoing homework!) We will learn about what fractions are and different types of fractions. We will learn to order and compare fractions. We will also learn to convert fractions from one type to another. We will move on to learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. We will complete reasoning and problem solving tasks involving fractions and the 4 written methods.
Year 6 will continue to prepare for SATs by using small group work tasks set to challenge them at their level.
Science - This term will look at the following unit of work:
Scientists and Inventors
Year 5’s will be researching some of the main contributors towards science today for example, David Attenborough, Leonardo Da Vinci, Margaret Hamilton, Eva Crane etc. We will also be learning about the different theories e.g Stonehenge.
Evolution and Inheritance
Year 6’s will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance. Children will learn about what traits they have inherited from their parents. Children will also learn how animals have adapted to better suit the conditions in which they live.
This half term, we will be learning the foundation subjects through the topic of Leisure and Entertainment
History- Children will be able to name some significant dances and bands that became famous during the 1960s. They will use old film posters to understand why cinema was important to people in the 1930s and will have a chronological understanding of how technology developed over the century. Children will be able to explain what to include in a party fit for the 1960s.
Art and DT- In Art, we will be making a shoebox puppet theatre with a puppet. Please save a shoebox for your child! They will generate ideas and present this through cross sectional and annotated designs. Children will evaluate their product against a design criteria.
Computing - We will begin with ‘We are artists’ where we will look at tessellation with different shapes. We will be looking at artwork created by designers using shapes only. Children will go on to producing their own artwork using shapes/coloured shapes only.
Music- We will be listening to music from famous composers and musicians from the ‘swinging sixties’. They will begin to understand and appreciate high quality music from both live and recorded pieces. Children will also understand how history has impacted the music we listen to today.
French – We will be using French to discuss ‘hobbies’. We will be looking at vocabulary used to discuss what we like to do in our spare time.
RE – Our focus this half tem is exploring questions of meaning, meaning and truth. We will be looking at the perspectives different religions and people hold on life and how it started. We will be exploring science as well as religious questions on the origins of the world.
PHSCE – We will begin with the topic ‘Dreams and Goals’. We will explore jobs and careers and will look at the which careers are intriguing to us at this time. We will also be focusing on short and long term aspirations.
PE- This half term we will be looking at Dance. We have a specialist teacher who will come in once a week to work with our class to put together a dance routine.